Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tasting Session: Savio Soares Selections 10.10.08 with Savio

Hi everybody, 

Savio came the other day with a few German wines, 3 that I found quite good:

2005 Weingut Ernst Clusserath "Emma Marie" Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken Trittenheimer Altarchen Mosel (former Mosel-Saar-Ruwer) Germany
Suggested retail price $14-$17 
Distributed by Savio Soares Selections in NYC

Clean, mineral and discreet nose. A bit lean in the palate but soft, refreshing and thirst quenching. Enhanced by a great acidity through out the attack and the mid-palate, the finish is fairly dry with a light touch of sweetness. Overall, interesting, not too long or too short, nice for the price. Good as an aperitif with appetizers.   

2006 HahnMuhle Riesling Traminer Spatlese ** Nahe Germany
Suggested retail price $14-$18
Distributed by Savio Soares Selections in NYC

Quite expressive on the nose already, this wine is full, rich, complex, ripe with a touch of spiciness. The palate shows flavors of yellow fruit, apple and pear, minerals and hints of spices. Balanced, medium to full bodied, expansive, this Spatlese** (almost like a declassified Auslese) will be an ideal match with your Thanksgiving's Turkey. 

Overall, good if you like the richness of it, personally I like my Riesling lighter, fresher, with more minerals and acidity.  

2004 Weingut Georg Muller Stiftung Spatburgunder Trocken Hattenheim Rheingau Germany
Suggested retail price ... 
Distributed by Savio Soares Selections in NYC

FYI: Spatburgunder (or Blauer Burgunder) is one of the many synonyms used for the various types of Pinot Noir clones mainly planted in Germany (Rhein and Baden), Austria and Switzerland. It is supposed to have come originally from Egypt where it was probably planted along the banks of the Nil river, spread out in most western Europe by the Romans and probably imported in Germany from Burgundy, hence the name. Compare to its sibling in Burgundy, Spatburgunder is usually lighter in color, fruitier and softer in style, with less tannins.     

Description: 2004 Georg Muller Spayburgunder has a light pinkish, red color. The nose is quite distinctive, reminiscent of bitter almond, red ripe cherry, touch of blackberry and hints of green. The palate is soft, well rounded, medium to light, somewhat elegant yet earthy and a bit green but on a pleasing way. Not as bright nor complex or as long as a good Burgundy in this price range, this wine still offer a very good palate experience and seems riper than the color or even the nose suggested. There again, I think that it will be great with Thanksgiving's Turkey. 

LeDom du Vin   

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